The representation of the LGBTQ+ community has always been important – even in films. The upcoming Batgirl movie is currently in its early stages of production, but fans suspected that DC Comics’ trans character Alysia Yeoh would appear when it hits the big screen.
Leslie Grace, who plays the titular hero, posted a photo on Instagram stories that showed her locking hands with Filipino-American actress Ivory Aquino. It was captioned “Barbara and Alysia 😍🦇”, which heightens the speculations that this is a reference to the names of their characters.
The Twitter account Batgirl Film News also posted what seems like Grace and Aquino shooting together in a set. Interestingly, this came after Warner Bros posted a casting call for “a mid-to-late 20’s Asian American trans woman” for a supporting role in the film.
— Batgirl Film News 🦇 (@BatgirlFilm) January 17, 2022
Alysia is Barbara Gordon’s (a.k.a. Batgirl)’s roommate and best friend in the comics. The fan-fave character was also the first trans character in a mainstream comic, which was originally created by Gail Simone for Batgirl Vol. 4 #1 in 2011.
However, Aquino’s potential debut as Alysia won’t be the first time for audiences to see a trans character in a live-action DC adaptation. The CW’s Supergirl TV show featured its first trans superhero on TV in 2016.
According to People, Aquino was born and raised in the Philippines and happens to be the niece of former president Cory Aquino. When she was a teen, she secretly started hormone therapy and moved alone to the United States. The actress studied at the Berklee College of Music.
IT’S OKAY, EVERYONE, I AM JUST FREAKING OUT A LITTLE RIGHT NOW I’LL BE FINE BUT THERE IS A BATGIRL MOVIE COMING OUT BY A TERRIFIC WRITER AND ALYSIA YEOH IS IN IT JOYYYYYYYYYYY https://t.co/UreAaWGlFv
— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) January 17, 2022
If that’s her in the movie, I hope DC Comics understands they are now under legal obligation to bring Alysia Yeoh back into the comics continuity. This is not a request. pic.twitter.com/M23o8A64CO
— Carol Anne Talks Comics! ❄️🏳️⚧️❄️ (@AnneComics) January 17, 2022
It seems that Ivory Aquino has been cast as Alysia Yeoh!! pic.twitter.com/eFBDATy81j
— Batgirlupdates (@batgirlupdates) January 18, 2022
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